Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - November 3, 1892, Brownsville, Texas iROWNSVIUf Bcralb MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2003 BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY 1 S 9 2 >3 CEMT5 Third week of Rubio trial starts today Hearings: Rubio's mother expected to take stand for defense. BY DAVID BQBLEDO THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD The capital murder trial of John Allen Rubio, who has already confessed to police that he strangled, stabbed and beheaded his three children in March, enters its third week today. Rubio's mother Hilda Barrientes is expected to take the stand today in an effort to help Rubio's attorney's show that his troubled childhood and schizophrenia are to blame for delusions that his children were possessed by demons when he murdered them. The trial resumes at 10 a.m. in the 138th state District Court. Rubio has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He could be sentenced to death if convicted. Last week, court-appointed psychiatrist William Mark Valverde told jurors that Rubio is still severely depressed and schizophrenic and that he harbors delusions that demons are trying to attack him from beneath his cell floor. Jurors also toured the squalid East RUBIO Tyler Street apartment where the grisly killings took place. In written and videotaped confessions he gave to police, the 23-year-old Brownsville man said he decapitated 3-year-old Julissa Quezada, 1-year-old John Esthefan Rubio and 2-month-old Mary Jane Rubio on March 10 or 11 because they were possessed by demons. He said he first strangled, then stabbed, then cut off the heads of each child. A renowned anthropologist, however, testified last week that there were no signs of witchcraft in the apartment where the children were killed. Jose Manuel Hernandez — a transvestite who often lived at the apartment occupied by Rubio, common-law wife PLEASE SEE RUBIO, A10 KMS HOLUND/THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD Brownsville Traffic Department's top parking ticket writer, Eddie Flores is busy at work Thursday afternoon on the 1100 block of E. Jefferson in downtown. Flores said he walks between 8-12 miles a day and has been at his job since 1992. Master Parking officer shows worth in traffic department I BY ANGELES NEGRETE LARES THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD t's a sight all motorists dread when they return to their parked vehicles. "^^Jknow^CT YOUR NEIGHBOR That annoying piece of paper, pinned under the windshield wiper and flapping in the wind. A parking violation. It evokes feelings of frustration from many motorists. Some display unyielding rage to the writer of the ticket. "There are always people that are going to be upset," said Eddie Flores, one of the city's five parking enforcement officers. "One time I had somebody yelling at me. I tried to speak with him, but he didn't want to listen." Flores, 48, rarely receives a "thank you" for his services, but he realizes the nature of the business. As much hate as he receives for writing tickets, the Brownsville native knows he serves a vital purpose to the city. "If we weren't writing tickets, there would be no turnover," he said. "People think parking is hard to find now. If we weren't writing tickets, nobody would have a place to park." Flores has been a Brownsville parking officer for about 11 years, making him the most experienced in the department. He's also the most productive. Last year, he wrote 9,249 parking tickets. The next closest officer wrote 8,846 tickets. Monitoring the city's parking can be an exhausting job, especially when he's wearing his dark blue uniform in the hot summertime weather. He walks about 10 miles a day, which is why he PLEASE SEE NEIGHBOR, A3 BRAD D0HERTY/THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD Robert Esqueval, left, Elizabeth Rios and Javier Infante represent the Bahia Mar Resort on South Padre Island, Sunday at the Port Isabel Shrimp Cookoff held in the Wal-Mart parking lot. There were two divisions of competition, food and theme. Their theme was" Creatures of the Sea" Cook-Off Port Isabel Shrimp: 10th Annual competition held in Wal-Mart parking lot. BY ALISON BESHUB THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD PORT ISABEL — Geno and Norma Balog stood behind two dozen people Sunday as they waited for a serving of shrimp pomadora, a dish featuring seafood and pasta prepared by Gabriella's Ristorante Italiano in Port Isabel. "For good food, you're always willing to wait," Geno Balog said. "We're going to try as much as we can." The Harlingen couple joined thousands of locals and out-of-towners for the 10th Annual World's Championship Shrimp Cook-off in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart store. More than 30 restaurants, businesses and civic groups fielded cooking teams that competed to see who had the best-tasting shrimp. The first-place award in the amateur category PLEASE SEE SHRIMP, A10 Border crackdown producing no results Border crackdown yields no terrorists AP Investigation: No evidence effort to shut border to terrorists has stopped a single one. BY NIKO PBICE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SASABE, Mexico — A crackdown along the U.S.Mexico border designed to prevent terrorists from entering the United States hasn't stopped even one known militant from slipping into America since Sept. 11, an Associated Press investigation has found. Instead, the tightening net of Border Patrol and Immigration agents has slowed trade, snarled traffic and cost American taxpayers millions, perhaps billions, of dollars, while hundreds of migrants have died trying to evade the growing army of border authorities. "If there are concerns about the border in national security terms, they are misplaced," > Risking the Trip, A6 said Claudia Smith, a migration activist who directs the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. Sept. 11, 2001, was a defining moment in the politics of illegal immigration. The ter- PLEASE SEE BORDER, A9 NEW/MEXICO ■ U.S. border station - *% TEXAS \ Victoria ME X I C O Monterrey • SOURCES: Associated Press; U.S. Customs; U.S. Dept. of Transportation ' - ■ », ■ .f'i - ■ ' * ^ *, j . • i . : - ' High 84° Low 72 s Good Morning! Southern Cameron County SPORTS Porter, Edcouch give all in attendance night to remember B1 > USDA Listeria cases decline A2 > Episcopalians gather to consecrate openly gay bishop A6 > Deadliest day for U.S. troops in Iraq since March 23 A9 WHAT'S INSIDE o Abby ..........................B7 Amusements..............B7 Calendar....................A4 Classified....................B8 Comics........................B6 Community................A4 Editorial ....................A8 Entertainment..........B5 Horoscope..................B7 Obituaries..................A6 West & Central..........A5 Sports........................B1 VOL 112, NO. 123 e 2003 THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.